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Basket

The long-standing role of baskets and the basketry tradition in the lives of the Tutsi in Rwanda has resulted in an art form that serves both a utilitarian function and aesthetic beauty. Originally used to hold jewelry and currency, the baskets evolved into prestige objects, and conferred status...

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Provenance

1972, acquired from a workshop at the University of Rwanda, Butare; 2010, gift of Jean and John Stanbury to the MFA. (Accession date: April 14, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Jean and John Stanbury

African, Rwanda, Tutsi peoples, mid 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 55 x 21 cm (21 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2010.245a-b

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Basketry